Rick Perry: ’I Stepped Right In It’ Regarding Oops Moment Linking Gays to Alcoholics
After a week of occupying numerous headlines and debates over a statement made likening homosexuality to alcoholism, Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) appears to be backing away from the hot button social issue and diverting attention to the economy, MSNBC reports.
"I got asked about an issue, and instead of saying, ’You know what, we need to be a really respectful and tolerant country, and get back to talking about, whether you’re gay or straight you need to be having a job, and those are the focuses I want to be involved with,’" Perry said at a Christian Science Monitor event held Thursday during the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference organized by Christian activist Ralph Reed. "Instead of getting - which I did, I readily admit, I stepped right in it."
In a further attempt to shift the conversation to the economy, Perry continued, "If you’re really going to be the party that’s going to go talk to everybody and say, ’Listen, you may not agree with all of my positions, but getting you and your family, your loved ones the opportunity to live a better life because we have created a climate in this country where you’re going to have a job and a good job and a good paying job,’ if we’ll do that, then I think we’ll be successful."
Perry’s original comments likening homosexuality to alcoholism came during a conversation on June 11 where he was asked about recent plank language adopted by the Texas GOP that advocates gay conversion therapy.
"Whether or not you feel compelled to follow a particular lifestyle or not, you have the ability to decide not to do that," Perry said. "I may have the genetic coding that I’m inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that, and I look at the homosexual issue the same way."
Perry’s comment drew fire almost immediately from critics on both sides of the aisle, most notably from fellow Republican governor and presumptive challenger for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, Chris Christie of New Jersey.